Elsa Patton Had A Shocking Plastic Surgery Journey: Inside The Procedures

Many individuals are willing to take significant measures to improve their appearance, which is why plastic surgery has become increasingly prevalent worldwide.

Regrettably, these procedures don't always yield successful results and can lead to permanent damage and facial deformities. This was the unfortunate outcome for the renowned reality star Elsa Patton, famous for her role on "The Real Housewives of Miami." Though she appeared on the show for just two years, from 2011 to 2013, it was ample time for her to attain celebrity status. Her witty one-liners and vibrant personality endeared her to viewers, making her a beloved character.


At the same time, she underwent a number of procedures which left her unrecognizable to the extent that a plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, called it out and said there was “no worse case” of plastic surgery going wrong than Elsa Patton.

Prior to her appearance on the show, little was known about Elsa Patton. Ancestry.com indicates that she was born in Cuba on August 25, 1936. She was married to Donald Patton for over five decades until his passing in 2018, more than a year before Elsa herself passed away.

“Mama Elsa” and Donald had two children together, daughter Marysol Patton, who was part of “The Real Housewives of Miami” together with her mother and later on was part of the reboot, and son Thomas Anthony Jones.


Referring to her mother, Marysol shared with Reality Tea: "In my upbringing, my mother always attracted a multitude of people who wanted to be in her company; many celebrities and influential individuals sought out her friendship."

“Everyone was always fascinated by her so this doesn’t seem any different than how it’s always been.”

Marysol added, “It’s a little different when we go out together on the streets because strangers are coming up to us or staring or pointing or taking pictures, so that’s a little a different. But she enjoys it very much.”

In 2012, Elsa was granted her own spin-off show, "Havana Elsa," which chronicled her endeavor to launch her coffee chain. "I adore Cuban coffee... and now I'll have a coffee shop of my own, tailored to my taste, and to top it off, it'll be profitable," she expressed at the time, as reported by Huffington Post.

When it came to her plastic surgeries, it was apparent that she had undergone numerous procedures, although she never openly discussed them. She referred to her surgeon as "the man who ruined my face." However, her daughter, Maryson, shed more light on Elsa's surgeries, disclosing that her mother had her eyelids done in the 1980s, resulting in hematomas around her eyes for nearly three years.

Elsa Patton in her youth/ Instagram/Marysolpatton

Dr. Benjamin C. Stong, a Facial Plastic Surgeon at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, Georgia, remarked that it's "nearly unimaginable" to envision Elsa's appearance prior to her surgeries. Another expert, double-board certified surgeon Dr. Farrior in Tampa, Florida, characterized Elsa's facial condition as a "tragic" outcome of judgment, ethics, and technique.

"It's likely that she didn't perform the procedures herself but persuaded someone else to do so. That's where it should have ended," Dr. Farrior commented, emphasizing that the responsible surgeon had a duty to decline further surgery.

“The real mistake was the choice she made for a provider because they did not say NO,” he added.

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In 2013, just days before filming for the third season of the reality show was set to begin, Elsa suffered a stroke and was promptly hospitalized. As time went on, her health declined, and she passed away on May 13, 2019, following "a prolonged illness." Elsa was 84 years old at the time of her passing.

In 2021, Marysol paid tribute to her mother when she wed Steve McNamara, the president of a Florida construction company. Their Mayan wedding ceremony was officiated by a shaman. "It was a reflection of her mother's spiritual and religious beliefs," a source informed Page Six. "She felt that her mother's influence led her to choose this type of ceremony—Elsa's spirit still prevails!"


The creator and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise, Andy Cohen, offered a heartfelt tribute to Elsa on his show, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. "Throughout the history of The Real Housewives, we've encountered numerous friends and relatives of the cast members, but seldom has someone's spirit, humor, and wisdom left such a lasting impression as Elsa's did," Cohen remarked.

We will never forget “Mama Elsa” and her wonderful personality. May she rest in peace.

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